"North Korea's recent test of an intercontinental range ballistic missile - which was not a surprise to the Intelligence Community - is one of the milestones that we have expected would help refine our timeline and judgments on the threats that Kim Jong-un poses to the continental United States", Bray wrote. Haley had been aiming for a vote by the 15-member Security Council within weeks, senior diplomats said.
Trump's administration is also considering other economic steps including "secondary sanctions" that could target companies and banks - mostly in China - that do even legitimate business with North Korea, officials said. "We are continuing to talk to China about that", she said.
The DIA report was apparently prompted by recent missile tests by North Korea, leading many to believe that the secluded nation has made serious progress at a remarkable pace in developing atomic weapons.
"We strongly urge the U.S. to immediately correct its wrongful actions to avoid affecting bilateral cooperation on relevant issues", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang at the time.
"The true test will be what they've worked out with Russian Federation", she said.
"Kim Jong-un will press the button if he thinks that his rule or his dynasty are threatened", Thae Yong-ho, a high-ranking North Korean defector, told BBC in January.
China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi told reporters: "We are making progress, it requires time, but we're working very hard".
Despite China's repeated rejection of unilateral USA sanctions and recent description of the designation of Chinese individuals and entities as "errors", the US found evidence of Chinese institutional involvement in sanctions evasion activities.
He said: "As for the regime, I am hopeful we will find a way to separate that regime from this system".
Cross-border interaction has remained largely consistent even as relations between North Korea and its one major ally have fluctuated amid increasing nuclear and missile testing by Pyongyang and angry denunciations from Beijing.
In what it calls an effort to stay ahead of the North Korean missile threat, the Pentagon is expanding its arsenal of anti-missile weapons based at Ft.
"Once war breaks out, we should also consider setting up an worldwide refugee camp in North Korean territory to prevent the influx of North Korean refugees", said Wang in an op-ed in the state-owned Global Times. Nobody knows the real level of trade since many goods go via third countries, though it may be worth $500 million, according to Toloraya.
"Everyone that we have dealt with acknowledges that it's an ICBM".
"We were waiting to see if it was going to be weak or strong, and I think they're showing some seriousness with it", Haley said.
North Korea responded with its usual aggressive rhetoric.